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Claudine Chen-Young 

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Structured Finance and Securitization


Claudine Chen-Young is a partner in Katten’s Structured Finance and Securitization practice. Her work focuses on advising issuers and underwriters in connection with asset financings and securitizations involving a number of financial assets. She assists clients in developing and executing complex deal structures and novel transactions. In particular, Claudine has extensive experience with securitizations of all types of residential mortgage loans and mortgage-related assets for both registered offerings and private placements. She has assisted companies and underwriters with establishing new mortgage-backed securitization programs for first-time issuers, and has advised clients in connection with other asset-backed securities offerings, including transactions involving auto and credit card receivables.

Claudine also advises financial institutions, such as banks, investment firms, real estate investment trusts and hedge funds, with regard to bulk mortgage loan trading and financing transactions, as well as other asset acquisitions and dispositions. Claudine has represented clients in connection with the purchases and sales of a wide range of mortgage products, including prime jumbo mortgage loans, seasoned reperforming and/or nonperforming mortgage loans, real estate owned properties, construction bridge loans, loans backed by single family rental properties and small balance commercial loans, and mortgage servicing rights. She has also represented clients in connection with other types of asset purchases, such as consumer loan portfolios and auto loans.


JD, University of Miami,2003; BA, American University, 1998

United States: Finance

Structured finance: securitization

Within: Structured finance: securitization

Katten is 'one of the few firms with the depth of experience necessary to handle complex issuer-side CRE CLOs'. Leveraging 'an impressively deep bench', the firm is able to 'provide excellent legal service across a variety of related practice areas', and is driven by 'a keen understanding of its clients' business needs'. Jointly headed by Howard Schickler and Washington DC-based Anna-Liza Harris, the team is among the market's most active issuer-side counsel, and is especially well known in the RMBS, auto and equipment sectors. Harris, alongside Chris DiAngelo and Washington DC-based Seth Messner, are acting for Aspen Capital and its affiliated public REIT in the securitization of re-performing and non-performing mortgage loans. Also in the mortgage loan space, the team advised Marathon Asset Management, as collateral manager, on its first CRE CLO since the 2008 financial crisis. Other key contacts include Joseph Topolski, who advised Westlake Financial Services on multiple issuances of sub-prime auto loan ABS, and Stanford Renas, who acts for clients such as Deutsche Bank Securities in CLO transactions. Joshua Yablonski in the Charlotte office, and Claudine Chen-Young in Washington DC are also recommended. GM Financial, Ford Motor Credit Company and Fannie Mae are among the team's key clients.

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